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Old 03-18-2015, 08:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've boosted my Miata with an ebay kit (dumb I know) and it sounds like a diesel now. Can I run diesel fuel and have lots of torque? Did I convert my car on accident?
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I've boosted my Miata with an ebay kit (dumb I know) and it sounds like a diesel now. Can I run diesel fuel and have lots of torque? Did I convert my car on accident?
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No, your car likely sounds like a diesel due to an exhaust leak. This may have nothing to do with the actual quality of your parts but in fact have something to do with the gaskets, lack there of, or amount of torque you used on the exhaust bolts/nuts. That beings said, it could also be uneven metal on the mating surfaces.

There are other issues that could cause a sound like this but since you just installed the turbo kit and it wasn't happening before, I would start there. If it remains after checking all the gaskets and torque amounts, report back and I'll tell you where to go from there.
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I have a quick question: Has anybody connected a Innovate X.D16 gauge to a LC2 wideband? I seem to need a cable with a special connector to the lc2 which isn't even available in innovate's online shop.

This thread is great, I hope it works!
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When replacing belts, does anyone actually use a belt tensioner gauge or do you do it by touch? I replaced my alternator belt a couple months ago and re-adjusted the accessories belt and noticed it whining (too tight) but was able to get the alternator belt just fine by touch. Latter belt has since been adjusted, but I was just curious...
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When replacing belts, does anyone actually use a belt tensioner gauge or do you do it by touch? I replaced my alternator belt a couple months ago and re-adjusted the accessories belt and noticed it whining (too tight) but was able to get the alternator belt just fine by touch. Latter belt has since been adjusted, but I was just curious...
Professional technician here. I never use a gauge. I have one, took it out of the case once. I always do it by feel, crank the car up to make sure its not making noise and the belt isnt 'bouncing' around. The flex spec is like 1/2 inch over an foot of free belt or something like that to give you a measure though.
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When replacing belts, does anyone actually use a belt tensioner gauge or do you do it by touch? I replaced my alternator belt a couple months ago and re-adjusted the accessories belt and noticed it whining (too tight) but was able to get the alternator belt just fine by touch. Latter belt has since been adjusted, but I was just curious...

The Quality Control-approved method is to tighten it until you just barely can't twist the belt 180 degrees.
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i recently swapped out the steering wheel (1.6 car) and now i want to removing the rest of the airbag stuff

under each front fender liner, there's a blue tube filled with wires. are both of these are purely airbag stuff, and would it be ok to pull them out?

also curious what the blue and orange connectors in the picture below are for, exactly

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thanks! i mostly wasn't sure if both sides were for one airbag, but them being for sensors behind the fender makes sense now
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The crash sensors really depend on the year of your car. They gradually added more and more sensors (I think the 93 had the most) until doing away with them completely in favor of the single sensor in the brain of the NA8 airbag computer.

So, depending on which NA6 you have, you might not have too many sensors to remove.
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The crash sensors really depend on the year of your car. They gradually added more and more sensors (I think the 93 had the most) until doing away with them completely in favor of the single sensor in the brain of the NA8 airbag computer.

So, depending on which NA6 you have, you might not have too many sensors to remove.
that...kind of sucks for me, bc mine's a 93. so far i only know of the one up front, one behind each fender, and the one by the steering column. is that the most that ever came on NA6's?
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Would a stock MSM turbo system be worth purchasing and installing on a VVT engine tuned with a MS3? I have the opportunity to purchase a completely stock system, however I have no clue what kind of power it would put down, and if it would be worth the time and money.
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Would a stock MSM turbo system be worth purchasing and installing on a VVT engine tuned with a MS3? I have the opportunity to purchase a completely stock system, however I have no clue what kind of power it would put down, and if it would be worth the time and money.
No, it would not be worth the money unless it was an extremely good price. You would be much better off getting a Nissan t25 and building around that if you really wanted to go turbo.

If it were me, I would install the MS3 and see what that does for you. I know your car is pretty gutted so that may just give you the extra pep you're looking for
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Hmm.. I kind of suspected as much. It is a friend, so I could be getting the "Bro special" price. If I can get it in the $200-300 range, I may buy it from him, even if I don't install it immediately.

I don't have a MS3 right now, but that was the initial plan exactly. I already have a full exhaust and cold-side intake, so it would probably make a decent impact. Fuel economy increases with aftermarket ECUs doesn't it?
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depends on the tune, really. With a good tune, you're optimizing fuel burn so as long as you don't have a lead foot then yes.

As for the turbo kit - if you can get the full kit with turbo, manifold, downpipe, intercooler, piping, and intake for that price, do it.
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Read here: http://www.miataturbo.net/dynos-time...-record-82090/

You won't go much past 250, but it will easily bend stock rods. Engine management, along with proper fueling is the most important part. Greddygalant rides his car hard and it has worked really well for him so far.

200-300 would be a steal and probably worth it.

Remember you still need oil and coolant lines, and also a turbo drain.
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I've been looking into buying a fender roller recently and I know that Eastwood makes a really good one but I was curious if the cheaper rollers were any good? They appear to be the same in pictures but its hard to tell whether they're actually as good of quality as the Eastwood.
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I posted this in RT but wanted to cross post here as well.

Long story short, the PO of my NC stripped both of the screws holding the rotor to the hub on the drivers side. I stole one from the passenger side for now.

Do I need to replace the missing screws now so both sides have 2 or can I leave it with 1 on each side? I am unsure if they actually help center the rotor on the hub or if they are just there to keep it from falling of during brake maintenance.
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I posted this in RT but wanted to cross post here as well.

Long story short, the PO of my NC stripped both of the screws holding the rotor to the hub on the drivers side. I stole one from the passenger side for now.

Do I need to replace the missing screws now so both sides have 2 or can I leave it with 1 on each side? I am unsure if they actually help center the rotor on the hub or if they are just there to keep it from falling of during brake maintenance.
Those screws are unneeded. They are only there for holding the rotor on while mounting the caliper. I have never reinstalled them once taking them out.
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I've been looking into buying a fender roller recently and I know that Eastwood makes a really good one but I was curious if the cheaper rollers were any good? They appear to be the same in pictures but its hard to tell whether they're actually as good of quality as the Eastwood.
Get the Eastwood. It is SO worth it. I didn't and I spent several hours hating myself and swearing while re-bending the shitty roller I did buy over and over.

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The Eastwood isn't even that expensive. I got mine for $120 and have seen it for as low as $100 shipped direct from the manufacturer through ebay.
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On the other hand there have been some good reviews lately of ebay ones. Search on mt.net a bit and you will see.
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Those screws are unneeded. They are only there for holding the rotor on while mounting the caliper. I have never reinstalled them once taking them out.
Confirmed with a 30 mile drive tonight. Doesn't feel any different than usual. Thanks!
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Does the material of the exhaust change the way the exhaust sounds?
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Does the material of the exhaust change the way the exhaust sounds?
Yes....to an extent. Different metals reverberate sound waves differently so it can change the pitch and tone of what you're hearing. Sound is more affected by the style of muffler and packing material used in said mufflers but all other things being equal, a Ti exhaust will sound different from a SS or aluminized steel exhaust.
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I'll play because I'm curious in the present tense and not the past tense I've read up on.

Ignoring petrol economy, track, autox, what do you guys/gals run for tire pressure on your 225/45/15 R-S3s?

I'm on x8 wheels and run 30-32. What say you?
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^^Dats wat i run...i think even autox, track guys run these around that iirc...maybe not though.
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I'll play because I'm curious in the present tense and not the past tense I've read up on.

Ignoring petrol economy, track, autox, what do you guys/gals run for tire pressure on your 225/45/15 R-S3s?

I'm on x8 wheels and run 30-32. What say you?
I am on a 15x7 on my RS3's. Autocrossing the tires seem to want more pressure. That may be because of my narrower wheel, but I run 34 to 36 psi with a 2 psi difference front to rear.

BTW, I like this thread.
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